Trivia: Mad Max

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • Max's black coupe. It is a Pursuit Special, but is often mistakenly called the Interceptor, the designation of his yellow patrol car (and most MFP patrol cars for that matter), by fans, because it sounds cooler. And not just by fans — in Road Warrior, it's described as "the last of the V8 Interceptors" by the mechanic.
    • Max is never referred to onscreen as Mad Max. The nearest anyone comes to it is when Johnny screams at Max that he is mad when he is handcuffed by the ankle to a car rigged to explode.
  • Deleted Scene: The Mad Max Movies page lists various scenes that were cut from the first movie, but were said to have shown up in early cuts of the US version, especially on cable and VHS/Betamax. One deleted scene was said to have the biker gang return to Main Force Patrol headquarters and kill the remaining MFP officers. That may explain the absence of Max's comrades when he goes hunting for the bikers.
  • Development Hell: Fury Road has been planned for years. Filming finally began in July 2012, and ended in December. Finally it is officially getting released in 2015.
  • Fountain of Expies: Practically EVERY apocalyptic fiction (with the Fallout series in particular) features raiders modeled after Wez's costume and hairstyle.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • The Other Darrin: Max is played by Tom Hardy in the fourth film. Kind of ironic, since a lot of people thought Hardy's portrayal of Bane was very much reminiscent of Lord Humungous.
  • Throw It In: The mook sent flying through the air as the result of crashing into the car that Max shoots in the truck chase sequence in The Road Warrior was not scripted, but looked too awesome to leave out.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In Mad Max 2, it was originally going to be revealed near the end of the film that Lord Humungus was in fact Max's old Main Force Patrol partner Jim Goose, who was horribly burned (but not confirmed to be dead) in the first movie. While this didn't make it into the film, some elements of the final product might be leftover hints:
    1. Humungus' scoped pistol is a very similar weapon to the standard sidearm used by the MFP (albeit a different model)note , and other members of his pack use modified police patrol vehicles.
    2. He appears to have terrible burn scars underneath his mask, as evidenced by the back of his head, though the rest of his body is completely unblemished.
    3. His speeches about losing the people you care about and "ending the suffering" seem to hint at a more conflicted and tragic personality.
    • Mel Gibson got the part in the first movie because the night before he'd been in a bar fight and only showed up at the casting because he was supporting his friend who was auditioning (his friend was cast as Jim Goose, for the record). He was so beat up that when he came back a few weeks later, they almost didn't recognize him.
  • Star-Making Role: For Mel Gibson.
  • Editing mistake? In Mad Max 2, during the final chase scene, Max hits the brakes to shake off Wez who was on top of the truck's cabin. Wez slips and falls to his apparent death in front of the moving truck. Later on, Max makes a u-turn in an effort to lose some of his pursuers and the camera shot shows us the truck well enough to see Wez is not in the vehicle's front bumpers, yet by the time Max is trying to make the Feral Kid reach for the remaining bullet in the truck's hood, Wez springs up in front to fetch the kid. Apparently he grabbed a hold in front of the truck all the time, yet the u-turn shot makes it clear he wasn't there.